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Delaware Libraries Support Communities Embracing Diversity

Written on: July 17th, 2017 in Blog PostsInspiration Space

Throughout the nation, 2016 was an interesting but pretty contentious year. From protests of pipelines built on tribal land, excessive force by law enforcement, and a heated presidential race, emotions were high and questions were plenty.  But a recurring theme in many news reports was the need for a safe place where communities can connect, […]







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Two New Clubs “Make” it to the Garfield Park Library

Written on: January 31st, 2017 in Blog PostsInformal learningTech

What do a few blocks of green Playdoh have in common with 3D design? We were asking ourselves this very question during the first meeting of the Garfield Park Library Maker Club. Terence Blanch, Wilmington University professor and lifelong Maker, guided us through envisioning an object and assembling pre-determined Playdoh shapes to achieve that model. […]







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Millsboro Public Library Container Garden

Written on: September 23rd, 2016 in Blog Posts

This summer, the Millsboro Public Library created a container garden to encourage children to learn about science, nature, nutrition, and more! The children grew tomatoes, lavender, rosemary, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and pumpkins. Library Director Mary Brittingham told us, “The children particularly like the little cherry tomatoes because they are just the right size to […]







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Imagineering @ Bridgeville Public Library

Written on: July 7th, 2016 in Blog PostsInspiration Space

With a nod toward Walt Disney, the Bridgeville Public Library hosts Imagineering opportunities for kids. One father explained the program this way: “It was fantastic. There were kids soldering wires to circuit boards, assembling gearboxes, and using the 3d printer to make parts for their robots. They were using free programs for the 3d modeling […]







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Makers of Delaware Libraries: Claymont Library Crochet Club

Written on: April 18th, 2016 in Blog Posts

Four years ago Claymont Library patron, Valerie McClain (top left) dropped a note in the suggestion box inquiring why the majority of activities were for children.  Shortly after, she was invited to address this concern first hand and she answered the call.  The Crochet Club of Claymont Library was born and they are going four […]







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Robocode at the Brandywine Hundred Library

Written on: March 8th, 2016 in Blog PostsInformal learningInspiration SpaceTech

The first ever day of Robocode in Delaware Libraries was a blast! This past Saturday, eight teens gathered at the Brandywine Hundred Library in Wilmington for this day-long workshop to learn the basics of coding with Java while building their own virtual battle tank. Students from Zip Code Wilmington led the class and guided the teens […]







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Library Meet MeetUp: 3D Printer Style

Written on: February 29th, 2016 in Blog PostsInformal learningLearningTech

I’m hosting my first MeetUp tonight. I officially registered the N. Delaware 3D Printing MeetUp with MeetUp.com. I even named the members Enthusiasts. Since Delaware Libraries introduced 3D printing services a couple years ago I’ve met a lot of people in Delaware involved in some way with related technologies. I know them and they know me, […]







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Tactile Map of the Wilmington Public Library

Written on: February 25th, 2016 in Blog PostsInspiration SpaceTech

A couple months ago I was invited by one of my colleagues to a small gathering at the Wilmington Public Library to strategize ways to leverage the library’s 3D printers to help patrons with visual impairments. This had been an interest of mine, since the spring of 2014 when I first introduced a 3D printer […]







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Thank you for the support

Written on: February 9th, 2016 in Blog Posts

We are so thankful for all library supporters, including the Consavage family of Claymont, who spoke at the Joint Finance Committee hearing on February 3rd. After Clare and Colin Consavage told their story about 3-D printing Colin’s prosthetic hand at the Wilmington Public library, they received a standing ovation from legislators! Transformational stories like this […]







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Teen Tech Week: Robocode

Written on: February 4th, 2016 in Blog PostsInformal learningInspiration SpaceTech

To kick off Teen Tech Week, The Delaware Division of Libraries is partnering with Zip Code Wilmington and the Barrel of Makers to bring Robocode to the Brandywine Hundred Library. Instructors from Zip Code will guide 25 teens in a day-long workshop and programming game where teens will learn the basics of coding software by […]







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